I came across an interesting article that listed a number of women who made significant contributions to the STEM fields. Considering these accomplishments, why is it, then, that women make up only 25% of those employed in the STEM fields? Perhaps we need more role models. Perhaps we need STEM in our girls' daily lives...a regular part of their learning and interests, so that choosing a path towards science, technology, engineering and mathematics isn't so foreign, daunting, or intimidating.
And why should STEM be any of those things to girls? Check out this TED talk I just stumbled upon - it's about science and play, and how (when you think about it) scientific experiments really are just games. The talk gets interesting around minute 6 because a young girl is brought in to talk about her class's experiment with bees, which was published in a peer-reviewed journal. Really amazing! Let's keep our girls' brains playing for as long as we can!